For many people, the beautiful island country of Iceland is just that- a faraway island community.  However, many tourists are starting to branch out and Iceland is becoming a bucket list vacation. Why? There are a variety of reasons that Iceland is a great place to visit, but the most popular reasons include the culture and shopping, scenery, and fun things to do. Some of the best things to do in Iceland include, but are not limited to, the following activities.

Whale Watching

Surrounded by water, Iceland is a great place to get up close and almost personal with whales. Whale watching can be done in many Icelandic cities including Reykjavik, Akureyri, and Husavik. Humpback whales are usually the main attraction, however, minke whales and white-beaked dolphins can also be spotted.

Glacier Walk and Secret Lagoon

Go on an epic tour that connects both scenic glaciers and hidden lagoons. The trip starts with a glacier walk on Sólheimajökull and on the way back, tourists get to stop at two distinct waterfalls: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The trip also includes planned time spent basking in the geothermal mineral water that makes up the Secret Lagoon.

Swimming in the Blue Lagoon

One of the attractions that Iceland is best known for, the Blue Lagoon continues to amaze tourists.  Located in southwestern Iceland, this geothermal spa is great for swimming and relaxing. The water is a calming blue color and is heated by geothermal energy that keeps it at a constant warm temperature.

Puffin Island

Animal lovers will be in heaven on puffin island. Half a mile away from Reykjavik, puffin island is home to colonies of wild puffins, cormorants, ducks, geese, guillemots, and seagulls. You can reach one of the two islands that make up puffin island by taking a short boat trip from the mainland.

Ring Road

To get a glimpse of the entire island, take a trip along the infamous ring road. The road – also known as Route 1- is a stretch of road that winds its way around the entire island of Iceland. The road takes you through valleys with rolling hills and wild horses, along beaches and jagged cliffs, and past free-running streams. This trip gives you plenty of chances to explore, as every turn brings you into an exciting part of the country. You’ll be stopping to explore caves, hike through lava fields, and take photos of waterfalls every step of the way.

White Water Rafting

Have a fun day out on the water with white water rafting on the Hvítá River. Rafting is offered on both Class I and Class II rapids and enthusiasts can get down the river in a canoe or a 4-8 person raft. Halfway through the ride, tourists can stop for a cliff jumping adventure off of the Brúarhlöð canyon cliffs.

If Iceland wasn’t on your itinerary before, it might be now! It has a variety of things to offer and has a unique landscape that captures the eye and imagination.